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In 1968 it was decided it was inappropriate to mention the contraceptive pill from the pulpit in case people voted with their feet.
Nearly 40 years on from Humanae Vitae it seems that this public indifference has itself led to an almost universal adoption of sterilisation which has contributed to loss of faith and therefore, most ironically, to falling congregations and vocations.
I can fondly remember the bulging numbers of 1957, with many standing at the back, at the 10am Sunday Mass in our parish church when the Missa de Angelis was sung by the congregation and Communion was received kneeling at the altar rails. Tempting as it is to see fault with the Second Vatican Council, one has to understand that fault can lie with the interpretation of the Council and its recommendations.
TIM COYLE (DR)
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 5 (June 2008), p. 14
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